Love Asian food? From Gyoza dumplings to sushi rolls, we’ve listed Melbourne’s 5 best Asian restaurants that you can visit on your free time!
Chef Teage Ezard translated his love for south-east Asian street food into an Australian dining experience. Since Gingerboy burst into the hearts of Melbourne’s foodie crowd in 2006, they’ve kept the city salivating by constantly honing our ideas and plating up the newest cult dishes.
They have smashed together with the fine dining skills of their older sister, Ezard, with the most adventurous Asian street food, a rakish fit-out by Elenberg Fraser and the raucous vibe of hawker-lined laneways.
Best dish: twice-cooked pork belly
Address: 27-29 Crossley Street, Melbourne 3000 Australia
Lee Ho Fook
Lee Ho Fook – translating to ‘good fortune for your mouth’
This Chinese restaurant is hidden down a Melbourne laneway, off the iconic Flinders Lane dining precinct.
Their cuisine takes the legacy of deliciousness given by generations of Chinese Australians and taking it to a highly personal and creative direction.
A new style of Chinese cuisine from the mind of Victor Liong.
Address: 11-15 Duckboard Pl, Melbourne 3000 Australia
Hochi Mama was the godmother of all aspiring street artists and rappers in the early ’90s.
An immigrant in the big city, Hochi Mama hosted underground art shows along with rap battles for the rejects; a place where you could just be at home, but with family.
It was also well renown for creating innovative dishes using the original famous dishes from its home country, and plenty of booze, in a spacious and homey warehouse.
From bar nibbles to Vietnamese- inspired cocktails, South- East Asian feasts to cold beers with mates, you’re always welcome at Hochi Mama.
Best dish: slow-cooked beef short ribs with morning glory and slaw.
Address: 11 Liverpool Street, Melbourne 3000 Australia
Flower Drum Restaurant
In China, “Flower Drum” is known as a traditional dance famous for its beauty and elegance. In Melbourne, it is a Chinese restaurant that displays the same elements of refinement and delicacy through their concept of fine dining Cantonese cuisine and dedicated service.
Flower Drum restaurant, is a place that believes in combining great food, fine wine, and impeccable service for a unique dining experience every time.
Best dish: fall-apart honey-braised pork ribs
Address: 17 Market Lane, Melbourne 3000 Australia
Seamstress Restaurant & Bar opened in 2007 in Melbourne’s historic Chinatown district. The restaurant lives in a 120-year-old building that was once a textile factory and even an old Buddhist monastery.
Based on the dishes of China, the menu also makes some detours into the flavors of Asian. Each item has a small medium and large so you can build your own delicious flavors course or share the goodness with friends.
Best dish: 12-hour braised Berkshire pork belly, jicama salad, and kohlrabi kimchi
Address: 113 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000 Australia